DNA Lounge: Wherein your new robot overlords have been documented

Photos and video are now up of the Sixth Annual Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge!

Long version by Kenny Hoff, also available in bite-sized playlist form:

And a shorter one from Digi-Key:

It was glorious. Were you there? You really should have been there.


These magnet videos are extremely soothing

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Siri, show me a sign that the Planning Department has failed:

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Today in Hot Superyacht Probs

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Don't forget to burn. Don't forget to burn.

This video has been largely scrubbed from the Internet, but I think it's important that we all remember how much better Ghost Rider would have been had the entire movie been Nicholas Cage in clown makeup with glowsticks strapped to his head.

In fact, "I'm dressed as Ghost Rider DVD Extras" is a pretty solid Halloween costume concept! You can have that suggestion gratis.

In the immortal words of Suicide, via Rollins Band:

Ghost Rider motor cycle hero
Ghost Rider motor cycle hero
Baby, baby, baby, baby, he's a blazin' away
Like the stars, stars, stars in the universe, yeah!
Baby, baby, baby, baby, he's lookin' so cute, yeah!
ridin' around in a blue jump suit, yeah!
Baby, baby, baby, baby, he's screamin' the truth!
America is killin' its youth!
cause he is cryin', dyin', chokin', drownin'
Going to jail, going to jail, going to jail
I see him dyin'! Dyin'!! Ohhhhhhh
He's ridin' through town with his head on fire
He's ridin' through town with his head on fire!!
head on burnin' eyes all tired
head on burnin' eyes all tired
Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider!!
keep ridin'
never stop ridin'
don't forget to burn, don't forget to burn
burn....with fire!! with fire, fire, fire, fire, fire!
with fire!!!


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You Have a Moral Obligation to Claim Your $125 From Equifax

Help make sure that companies pay the consequences for data breaches.

Go claim your $125 from Equifax. Right now. Even if $125 isn't a sum of money that matters to you, even if you don't feel you were really directly affected by the breach. Even if the prospect of filling out a relatively brief online form fills you with more dread than the theft of all your personal data.

Consider it a part of your civic duty: driving up the costs of data breaches for corporations so they have an incentive to invest more heavily in security. [...]

You may be thinking, But I don't want to give Equifax the last six digits of my Social Security number and my birthdate and mailing address after it's demonstrated just how much it can't be trusted! Believe me, the company already knows all that information -- and so much more. But it's so much work to fill out the entire form! It's really not, unless you want to claim additional lost time or expenses beyond the base $125 payout [...]

If, for instance, you went ahead and purchased LifeLock or some other credit monitoring service after the Equifax breach, go ahead and submit that receipt too. Each individual is eligible to receive up to $20,000 as part of the settlement; $125 is just the amount you can receive without having to do any extra work or claim any extra losses. The settlement also includes provisions to reimburse you for your lost time at a rate of $25 per hour. If you spent hours on the phone trying to clear up suspicious credit activity or figure out whether you had been affected, go ahead and submit that as well.

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I was not aware that the nation had an exploding feral hog population

I haven't found any footage of the explosions, though. Do they detonate them off-site?

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Apple Pay is a dumpster fire

One of the things that is often on my mind is, "How do I make my ticket store a more effective Money Vacuum?" (Less self-aware people might prefer some horseshit euphemism like "removing friction from the transaction".)

So with the understanding that the best login system is the one to which you're already logged in, I thought, "Maybe I should support this Apple Pay and Google Pay nonsense." Let people check out with the card that's already loaded into their phone instead of making them type in the card number again, or create a new account on my site.


I've put about 16 hours into the Apple Pay side of this already, and I'm not sure I'm even halfway done.

Getting a credit card nonce from authorize.net is like, 20 lines of code. Getting a nonce from Apple is hundreds, and takes multiple round-trips. Plus it requires managing a whole new set of certificates that expire once a year. I haven't even started on Android yet, but it looks to be equally complicated but of course in utterly different ways.

I think it might be time to just say "ha ha ha, no" and just delete all this code.


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Finally got my Emacs setup just how I like it

Now I just need a Mac IIcx to put it in and I'm good to go. Thanks, mly!

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I got to see a preview of this tonight, and it's really cool. You should go.

Inferno: Robotic Exoskeleton Performance

Participating audience members, clad in machine-powered wearable exoskeletons, will step on stage to perform for a show unlike any other. Each robot is designed to perform dynamic movements choreographed and activated by the artists, mobilizing the performers to dance in time to the dark, industrial techno soundtrack for the audience.

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